The Studio

Gracefool Collective:

Embracing ‘Failure’ – An Approach to Movement, Sound and Voice

Gracefool Collective’s Kate Cox and Rachel Fullegar co-deliver a masterclass on embracing failure, one of the key foundational principles of their dance-theatre devising methodology. An adrenaline-rich, quirky and funny lockdown-busting experience, this is by no means an ordinary Zoom-iversity class. Dance around your sofa like no one is looking.  

Gracefool Collective, describe themselves as creators of ‘post–intellectual–pseudo–spiritual–feminist–comedy–dance for the modern era’. At the centre of Gracefool’s work are the politics of collaboration and a commitment to sustaining a shared practice that is truly pluralistic and democratic. 

Listen to Gracefool Collective talk about their work. 

Watch Gracefool Collective’s the ‘making of’ This is Not a Wedding (2019).

This class was recorded on Zoom on 24th May 2021. 


[00:00:21] Intro
[00:01:27] Sound and Body Warm Up
[00:06:58] Power Sexy Swearing
[00:27:50] Embracing Failure
[00:43:19] Q & A

With thanks to the students of MA Advanced Theatre Practice at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama for taking part in the making of the video, especially Maria Colonescu, Jack Hilton, Pei Yu Huang, Linda van Egmond , Dana McMillan, Alessandro Meringolo, Grace Kavanagh, Jenia Kovryga, Holly Nomafo, Billie Osborn Harrison, Sam Roberts, Gaurav Singh, Emma Wagstaff, Dominic Weatherby, Kiki Ye who gave their permission to be featured in the final edit. Also thanks to Nohar Lazarovich for incorporating this session into the curriculum, and to MA ATP convener Lynne Kendrick and lecturer Jane Munro for their support.   

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